tv [untitled] July 15, 2012 1:30pm-2:00pm EDT
you. had lunch marty case of a russian resort region struggles still to recover from a deadly deluge of hundreds of volunteers rushed to help those left without homes and supplies. findings in syria's come up province to rubbish rebel claims the regime massacred some two hundred civilians an accusation some world powers to the face value for russia to condemn the regime. in spain follows in greece's way because i'm too scared to protest take a bloody turn to the police or talk to them and tolerance approaching me dealings with demonstrators. hard to swallow a documentary exposes the shocking amounts of perfectly edible food discarded daily by u.s. supermarkets. every
to. soothe my mom. my. mom nearly a billion people in the world are knowing hungry every day. in the united states even our trash cans are filled with food you just have to go get it. so there are three basic rules to dumpster dive rule number one never take more than you. unless you find if you're rule number two the first ones to the
temperature as first did. that you always gotta share and rule number three you leave it cleaner than you think you. found it before you leave it cleaner and you found some right it's an unusual night in l.a. because it's it's freezing outside freezing for l.a. so i think it's you know forty three to forty five degrees which is good because it keeps all the meat and stuff cold it's been dumped. there's. no antibiotics ever no added hormones ever pre-arrange good me all of these perfectly good eggs because one was cracked didn't even get all over the other ones just thrown all the way is what they're doing with everything they have bags of of a coddles one goes bad they threw in the entire bag of avocados out apples oranges everything is tossed in it for no good reason they're all good these are all good
exe look mountain cheese from the german alps. i much better out of the dumps than i ever have for her we started two years ago and we have clearly only the upper class makes me crazy wrinkled and say now i'm taking some stuff but i only take stuff that's double bind. what doesn't kill you only makes you stronger. and getting meat for my own consumption and for my baby shower tomorrow from the dumpster at one am this morning. three pm this afternoon on the grill. and. i think i'm going to have a pretty healthy cat. and i'm making a public announcement to everyone telling them exactly where it came from just like we wouldn't tell them that we went to montserrat also get their food but i would
and then we're going to have blueberry pancakes the dumpster stuff is really great but because there's such a large quantity of it it can turn into a lot of work so. they're out about stuff clean every day and. there's like i don't recall i just i raise them and then i'm out in there washing trays and. and it's not that big of a deal but it's just. a lot of more work than just going your shoes sort of picking up exactly the amount that you need fifteen or twenty markets it's like this occasionally you wake up in the morning and kind of trend the cleanup that follows the dumpster dive oh it's going to kill me she's going to wake up in the morning all this proves to be. rotting in my village. but fennell have the strawberries and even though we still had to buy groceries we really began living off food pulled from the trash. eating food out of dumpsters is repulsive to most people but there's
a certain beauty seen garbage transformed into a meal with friends and better meals than we could ever afford to buy especially when our friend alfonzo a professional chef would cook up gore made dishes from food we had just scrounge out of dumpsters look at hello to try to personify. a pretty decent this yeah i don't think about the fish it's good it's simple the chicken was looking a little funky a little like purplish food makes up about twenty percent of landfill waste which means we're feeding our landfills as much as we're feeding our country so instead of rotting underground act beneath the earth and producing harmful nothing gas this garbage was feeding my family and friends and doing it in style. well this will be blood orange and onion salad. with that trunk show on.
salmon stuff with ferret she's in spinach risk you from your local dumpster and i had. a beautiful blood orange citrus burb look. the cake. is made from and one doesn't dumpster egg whites in a strawberry is higher than one hundred percent. hamster. delicious. dumpster de la i. found myself wondering through trader joe's hoping for certain items to be waiting for me in the dumpster that night i got excited when i saw a bad tomato in a pack of four more meat that had turned the slightest shade of brown anything dated for the next day would most likely be in the dumpster even though the sell by
or best by dates don't mean that the food is bad they're just overly cautious states for absolute freshness and protection from possible lawsuits i dreaded morelock dumpsters which seem to be a growing trend to keep dumpster divers out and ensure total waste. this is the trader joe's we've been many many many times and they locked it so the food can rot inside the dumpster stead of people getting it that's that's smart. i don't know i don't even want to take all this food home it's like. i'm tired of it there's. there's too much we only took as much because we didn't want to waste but i like it's like almost two in the morning and i don't have anywhere to put it really even though i would be breaking rule number one i decided to buy a freezer for all the excess food we rarely saw other divers around town so i knew
that most of the discarded food was ending up in landfills i had to save as much of it as i could so many. like i wanted to handbook for a freezer i just plugged it in but that's what i did ok. i knew i wouldn't need it you're good. yeah yeah right here yes wow thank you anyway we got in the garage for free for free donated house. that was. in just over a week of nightly diving we had a year's supply of meat. still at the freezers totally filled up there's just. a little layer of some bread and stuff. just not because i didn't find enough meat just because. or just tired of me you
get kind of picky thank you don't want a lot of the same thing so ours are really nice for you meats and they're. rescuing food from the dumpster was great for the few of us doing it but it felt too self-serving to leave it at that the question nagged me why is all this food being thrown out and not given to people who need it. i decided to ask the grocery stores. ok so here we are a trader joe's saturday afternoon i'm going to go in and talk to them because i went to their website and their website says that they prefer to talk face to face i was
a lot of common things. in the right so none of the stores none of them are he's going to give me the card for the place already called which refused so basically it's impossible to talk to anybody on camera i mean even off camera they wouldn't discuss details so the phone on the beach got from. me and. though they won't talk to me company policy no interviews no. no interview call this guy i got the card. for the number for the main office but she said she'll see a pallet and on that pallet are four trash cans and those trash cans are all filled with meat and all of that gets thrown away we're here. dumpster that has a lot gave them another rule that i've been told is never penetrate into something
that is not yours it's not mine if they don't open it then they don't they don't want me to get into it so i just wanted to block. but the gate is like this i can respect that because what if they like this one because there's back stock and they don't want people getting into the news back stock i'm going. i'm going. i don't understand how anyone could get upset for you stealing trash. a week there's the bad one that's really bad luck it was a little budget though you're still going to waste you know this is something that . has been discarded and just wants to be forgotten about and you know you take a check that out. i don't see how that can be conceived as being criminal in any way but to see you not you not because then you just let it like rot i mean mines have been shipped up from mexico and like cheese from germany and meat from my
chili i mean you just let it rot because there's a man's. word you get it. it's kind of. like get back to your i can't i'm on a fast. i believe that that dumpster diving to civil disobedience is nonviolent civil disobedience because i believe in what i'm doing i believe it's right and i'm willing to break the law and i don't believe i don't i take it seriously to break. law i believe it's just i will even do it if i get caught or arrested i should be proud to say i got arrested for eating somebodies waste i think it's just i think it's just and i'm willing to pay the consequences for that i do it openly when when when they catch me or people come i shake their hand and tell them when i'm doing this and when from i say what to do and most of the time they're very friendly. but.
you know when i was doing pretty. well. it is technically trespassing and it is against the law. very very good guys right now. that is where the conflict comes as a conflict between what i believe is just and what is legal and this lifestyle believe is more just than going into the store and buying stuff with money but rather this is. totally different and outside the system way of living. the more stores i've visited and phone calls i made the more silence and resistance
i received. meanwhile i was attempting to educate myself and kept running into a name in almost every article i read timothy jones dr jones was former head of the garbage project at the university of arizona and probably one of the world's most knowledgeable people on waste and his sixteen years with the project dr jones found that what we throw out in its nearly unrestricted quantity and variety reveals a lot about us as a society i gave him a call the next level you come to a commercial level there isn't even any training in. the law it's not even a concept not sure about what do you think law and i'm not. saying a bunch of the old they're just so different that he. would you. do it for the life because to quote to be able to create it. and we've lost that it's good it's more
prestigious a couple oddity to fly that. you know fifty percent of all the food cooked up a credit card will never make it to somebody if you've quite half that food all of the production that went into it just like right now all it took to transport. the fertilizers to increase total degradation from the farm mean that everything else that if we were to cut our food lawful and half we would probably be the total of all patients right back. to my conversation with timothy jones and i went to the l.a. food bank the second largest of its kind in the country since nearly all donated food from grocery stores goes through the food bank i hope to get a better understanding of the situation. located in the heart of downtown l.a.
near one of the largest concentrations of homeless people in the world the infamous skid row i couldn't help thinking about all this wasted food in relationship to hungry people in my own city. los angeles county we have a population of ten million people about one in every ten people are at risk of hunger in los angeles county roughly just over a million people los angeles county at some time during the year are at risk of hunger not knowing where their next meal is going to come from so the los angeles regional food bank through a network of about nine hundred charitable agency sites we reach about six hundred seventy four thousand of those people so there are still you know over a third of those people that were not reaching so that's that's how big the problem is here even a food bank of our size hundred thousand square foot facility distributing thirty four thirty five million pounds a year still not reaching the demand here in l.a. county it's a big problem here in america where you do have all that kind of food and resources available that you still have people talking through the cracks and that should
these vast empires of food be part of the solution many of them already work almost every major grocery stores on the l.a. food banks list of donors the question is could they do more and from the amount of food thrown into dumpsters every night the answer is yes. darryn told me that the l.a. food bank is short eleven million pounds of food every year if the entire country throws out ninety six billion pounds of food every year what about just los angeles county i'm going to use this whipped cream i got out of the dumpster the other night to do the math to see how much food l.a. county throws away every year every year in l.a. county we throw away twenty four billion pounds of trash. according to the e.p.a. twelve percent of that is food waste that means we throw away two billion eight
hundred and eighty million pounds of food saving just one percent of valets food waste would equal nearly thirty million pounds of food that's almost triple what the food bank is short every year. food waste happens on all levels of production and consumption on farms in transit in the making of highly produced foods in grocery stores in restaurants and in our homes but grocery stores are the obvious choice for redirecting wasted food to hungry people. i decided to go to the trader joe's headquarters since it's only a fifteen minute drive from my house but i was a bearded mangy dumpster diver and thought i'd better clean up before talking with sophisticated business people about policy changes in their companies a haircut and a shave in the tide did absolutely nothing for me we didn't have a camera rolling or anything we just walked in and i asked to speak with someone
and they said we're going to have to ask you to leave because you can't be asking questions about trader joe's i can write a letter to the c.e.o. of trader joe's which i will do we're picking on trader joe's because they happen to be the best store to dumpster dive so. we know we've pulled a lot of food out of their dumpsters in particular a still couldn't believe that there were actually hungry people in the united states the richest country in the world so we stopped by the regional offices of bread for the world an organization working through political means to and global hunger there are hungry people in the u.s. i'd say there are about thirty five and a half million people in the u.s. who are food insecure that's a silly phrase but let's say thirty five and a half million people in the u.s. don't know where their next meal is coming from. but about people in the us are actually going hungry and that's to find that saying they're just not going to be
impossible to accurately measure ninety six billion pounds of food waste because of the endless variables in size and weight one pound of steak takes up less space than one pound of bread but you have to look at the food behind the food the indirect losses through feed grains used to produce meat a cow which should be eating grass in the first place consume seven pounds of grain to produce one pound of meat so a pound of wasted me actually represents seven pounds of food waste. but if we stick to the lower estimate of ninety six billion pounds what does that amount of food look like on a freight train. the average boxcar can hold up to two hundred eleven thousand pounds of cargo if you filled each one to capacity you would need four hundred fifty three thousand two hundred fifty seven box cars that's a train long enough to stretch from los angeles to new york city and all the way back. what if all this food were then unloaded and fed to pay exists will like they
used to do in the old days with food scraps a three pound piglet needs an average of thirty pounds of food per week to reach its massive two hundred sixty five pound slaughter weight in five months redirecting our annual food waste into grateful pigs mouths would raise one hundred twenty million piglets and the massive hogs producing enough meat to give everyone on the planet three pounds of pork. but meat is costly to produce both financially and for the environment and two hundred twenty two pounds of meat per person per year in the us we have far exceeded what is healthy and sustainable for the planet . so instead what would ninety six billion pounds of wheat look like on average one acre produces forty bushels of wheat each bushel weighing sixty pounds so one acre equals twenty four hundred pounds of wheat putting our annual food waste into
acres of wheat with total forty million acres that's a wheat field nearly the size of the state of oklahoma enough wheat to feed everyone on the planet three one pound loaves of bread per day for an entire week. or maybe a better way to picture how much food we waste would be to travel just six hundred miles from our southern shores to the tiny country of haiti. with our ninety six billion pounds of food waste the entire country of haiti could be fed for five years or more. here in the poorest country in the western hemisphere twenty five percent of children are chronically malnourished. reduced to eating mud cakes made from dirt salt vegetable shortening in filthy water to curb their hunger pangs unfortunately we can't simply put our wasted food on a boat and feed haiti. and that's not what haiti needs to become whole again.
but the contrast of our excess and their lack exist side by side as with the needy and marginalized in our own wealthy country if nothing more it is an unsettling reality that calls into question our flippancy with food waste. and in spite of the complexities surrounding food production consumption and waste we can no doubt eliminate both food waste and hunger in the united states as a start while looking more seriously at the dire needs of neighbors around the globe. wealthy british style rolls and last night.